The Ph.D. program requires completion of a dissertation containing the results of original and substantive research. Typically, graduate students spend several years conducting field or laboratory work after completion of courses and successful defense of their preliminary examinations. All Ph.D. students are supported by an external fellowship, a Research Assistantship, or Teaching Assistantship, all of which provide an annual stipend and benefits.
There are usually about five Ph.D. students in the lab at any time, so the number of new Ph.D. students entering the lab each year is low (typically one or two) and competition for space is very keen. I am fortunate to be able to be very selective about the students joining the lab.
I look for prospective Ph.D. students who have demonstrated an aptitude for and commitment to conservation and research. I look for mature students who already have a clear idea of their research and conservation interests when they enter the program. Finally, I am interested in students whose interests, skills and outlook mesh well with our existing program in marine conservation ecology.
I will expect you to work hard, be devoted to research, committed to making a difference in conservation and to have fun. I will also expect you to be a good lab citizen. We have a very collaborative and supportive lab group which provides many opportunities for teaching, conservation and field work outside your dissertation research.
Applications to both Ph.D. programs are administered through the Duke Graduate School. The application is fully electronic and the deadline is December 8th.
I hope to accept one or two new Ph.D. students in the fall term of 2014. As noted above, if you are interested, please send me an e-mail (email@example.com) outlining your research and conservation interests and a statement of future career goals. A resume and summary of academic history are also helpful.